Limpopo teachers not paid - Sadtu

2012-11-14 14:35

Johannesburg - Limpopo teachers who taught the Grade 10 Catch-up programme during September have not been paid, the SA Democratic Teachers' Union said on Wednesday.

"It is so disappointing to experience this after all forms of persuasion to teachers to engage in this activity... We therefore give the department up to 15 November 2012 to have paid teachers the required amount," Sadtu's provincial secretary Matome Raphasha said.

Raphasha said the union would consider other options, despite the crucial exam-writing period, should the department fail to pay.

"We are still in meetings to discuss the matter, so we haven't decided on the options, but we are considering a number of options, including taking the matter to court," he said.

Textbook saga

The catch-up programme during the September holidays was intended to teach those parts of the syllabus that had been missed due to the late delivery of textbooks.

Provincial education department spokesperson Pat Kgomo said the department was still determining which teachers were part of the programme. They would be paid next week.

"There were no time frames. It was always on the basis that once we have captured everything, payments would be made. Maybe the capturing process was not done according to Sadtu's expectations... we are still collecting the names and timetables of teachers who worked," Kgomo said.

He said the department was willing to talk to Sadtu about its preferred deadline for payment of teachers.

"What we are saying is that it is not possible that by tomorrow they will be paid, but our doors are always open."


Sadtu further said it was not convinced by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga's promise of the delivery of study material on time in 2013.

"We haven't seen a real action. Normally by end of September schools would send their choices of study material[s] and by that time books are already in the warehouse. So now we went to the warehouses and checked. There are no signs there," said Raphasha.

On Thursday, Motshekga said textbook deliveries to Limpopo schools for the new year would be done before 7 December.

She was confident pupils and teachers would have learning and teaching materials on the first day of school.
The department had bought textbooks for Grades Four to Six, and Grade 11, as well as stationery packs for all grades.

Raphasha said: "All what she said was also said in 2012, and books were still not delivered... we were told continuous stories about books being ordered until after June, when books were still not delivered."

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-14 14:46

    Why must they be paid. No complains from them when there were no books coming. to lazy to breath and what to be paid for a job that should have been done by them in the previous six months.

      silenta.solly - 2012-11-14 15:11

      My thoughts exactly, what were those teachers doing when they fell behind? They were paid for not doing anything, they really shouldn't be paid now.

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-11-14 15:35

      spot on patricia, this is tragic for the pupils though, best move shift the border southwards see how much money is saved by not finacing this abotion of a province.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-14 15:06

    That's probably because the money was needed to pay for next year's textbooks, already delivered as reported last week. We must really all learn to accept that we can't have our cake, and eat it too. Our president, in his hour of need, requires all the spare money available in the treasury for his compound which is already behind schedule. Be fair now SADTU.

  • rvn.pwnt - 2012-11-14 15:08

    zuma spent all their money on upgrading his lifestyle!

      sammyserame.galeboe - 2012-11-14 15:49

      Rvn.pwnt I believe u don't find such things as national tragedy/problem,why point fingers to Zuma instead of all us coming together and see way forward to resolve any issues affecting or country,a lot of are quick to blame ANC en Zuma en it makes me sick that this is our S.A. En not Zuma nor ANC!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-14 15:24

    Why does this not suprise me.

  • gideon.walt - 2012-11-14 15:26

    Now there is no textbooks for 2013. They took six months to get textbooks that were in the warehouse to get delivered. Now you want to say it will take less than a month to get it to the warehouse and then to the schools. How can you even believe the s**t that comes out of your own mouth. Can people be so incompetent!!!

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-11-14 15:45

    At least farmworkers in the WC gets R70.00 per day...

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-14 16:05

    Second term for Zuma thats what you want. Prepare for more of this.

      Paul Mphap - 2012-11-14 16:26

      why are they complaining? i dont sympathize with them...they must keep on supporting zuma and stop complaining about service delivery....

  • Michael Morreira - 2012-11-14 16:38

    heres an idea, give the corrupt cronies cash to blow, who cares they stealing already but fire them and give the governmental jobs to people who will ensure their responsibilities are properly done, this corruption is ridiculous

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-14 17:19

    Excuses, excuses - Typical of the Education Dept.

  • Strikeback - 2012-11-14 18:50

    If it is not government who denies youth their education it is their tri-party alliance friend, the union. All the striking and delivery of textbook failures lead to uneducated people that will only be fit for a job in government or a union. You dont care about education and have only your own financial interrests at heart. Take on a government official, pelt a blue light motorcade with tamatoes, whilst there still are some, but leave the youth out of this.

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